I wonder how many users are really testing windows 10 preview not counting the windows 10 forum. How many are just doing it because they can download if for free and using the software till April 15, 2015? (I think it should of came with a warning that it expires on April 15, 2015. You should have to type in the date of the windows 10 expiration before it will even install. This way, people cant come back and say, I didn't know it expires, I didn't make a backup for my system. ).
What is going on Microsoft did offer free and a discount upgrade for windows 7 to windows 8.x and people remember that. Microsoft stopped doing that.
Continued free use on computer originally installed on, would be nice. Something like OEM copy, they charge very little for it anyway, giving it free for small devices too. Would cost them zilch anyway. Think about it, great marketing trick, don't cost them anything but ensure possibility of continual testing and improving without paying professionals to do it. Monopoly has to be earned too, you have to position yourself and stay there at the top and competition is much more capable nowadays than let's say 10 years ago.
There was a discussion of a free OS with advertisement. I don't know whether we would like that.
But then there is always Linux. I bet half of the PC users could very well live with a nice Linux distro like Mint. But the PC manufacturers do not offer that. I really wonder why. Have a look how nice it can be.
Microsoft didn't used to allow just anyone to get access to these early beta versions. And Windows was a lot poorer because of it. We get a lot of benefit from this... We get a better OS in the long run. We get early access to the technology so that when it comes out, we already have strong knowledge in it. Many of us can parlay that into paying gigs. We get the opportunity to influence how the OS is being developed, so that it suits OUR needs... Granted, they may not listen, but we do have the opportunity to see what they're doing and make our opinions known.
That's a lot of benefit. Every person that runs a beta version of Windows, even if they never report a bug or give feedback is contributing telemetry data about installations, hardware configurations, automatic error reports, etc.. All this goes towards making the final OS work better for everyone, including YOU.
I mean, think about it... If Microsoft said "You're all a bunch of whiners, we're not releasing any more betas" *WE* would be the ones that would suffer because of it, not Microsoft. They get paid to do their jobs whether they product good software or bad. We benefit because we're the ones paying for the software, and the more we do to make that software better, the better it is for *US*.
Having said that... Microsoft has, in the past, given out free copies to select testers, but only to those that are in intensive beta programs, who submit regular, complete and detailed bug reports, follow up with developers and do special testing, etc... In other words, it's more or less a second job. Not just something you do now and then, and only haphazardly.
I'm sorry, but installing a beta copy and using it does not constitute intensive beta testing. You aren't doing deliberate breakage tests and writing up detailed reports of the results. You aren't a QA Engineer.
MS isn't going to give a free final copy of windows to everyone that downloads the beat. They've never done that.
Last edited by groze; 07 Jan 2015 at 23:37.